Zinc Wine Bar & Bistro

4.6
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Zinc is a lively three level bistro in Historic Nob Hill. Featuring an open, urban ambiance, Zinc offers casual fine dining on the main level and the loft mezzanine. For those looking for an exciting show, the exhibition bar offers seats right along the open kitchen. The menu focuses on high quality - yet affordable - American bistro fare and utilizes seasonal ingredients, many of which are sourced from local farmers. The Cellar Bar offers the same extensive wine list and premium cocktails as the upstairs, but in a more intimate lounge atmosphere with a lighter menu. The Cellar also showcases live music on Thursday and Saturday nights. Visit www.zincabq.com for menus, pictures, and upcoming events!
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AJ
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating a birthday. Meridith was a superior server. Appreciated Robin seeing that a meal was replaced when the eggs were cooked improperly. We had a great meal and celebration!!!

OT
New Mexico
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch. Enjoyed the experience and the food was awesome.

MR
New Mexico
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, loved the salad with beets, pistachios and port salut cheese! Excellent service and ambiance!😊

IG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For our first time being there it was amazing and is now a definite favorite of ours!

OT
New Mexico
5 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, our waitress Algeria was on point with all of her recommendations & very helpful & friendly! Other staff was great & I cannot rave enough about our meal. It was superb!

PB
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were three people and shared four of the larger portion appetizers: Winter Agnolotti Duo; Steamed Black Mussels; Crispy Duck Confit Eggrolls; and Smoked Trout & Potato Pancakes. Each was very good to excellent. I was particularly fond of the last two. Just the right amount of food. I was surprised to read in another review that the wine list was just OK. I thought it was very good. We had a bottle of the Turley Juvenile Zinfandel, one of my favorite wineries. It usually retails for $35-$50 and was $62. A very reasonable restaurant markup.

ED
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Took a dear friend for her birthday dinner. We both ordered the tenderloin with the mashed potatoes and it’s blue cheese. Both were undercooked but we consumed without bickering. Ceasar salad could have used more dressing. The duck egg roll was outstanding. We will be back to visit the cellar!
Thank you!

d
New Mexico
5 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love going to Zinc it never lets us down. Food, service, atmosphere are always superb.

K
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Poor service (not the waiters fault but an under staffing problem) and mediocre food at best. Very expensive and uninspired meal. I won’t go back again

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent dinner and dessert was also delicious. I would recommend this place if you are in Albuquerque. Birthday dinner for 2 came to about $90 before tip with a shared appetizer, 2 main courses, a flight of wine, and dessert.

LW
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely love Zinc. We are frequent customers averaging twice a month, but 3 times the last month. The food is consistent & the wait staff is above average! Our favorite tables are upstairs because of the view & the noise level. However don’t change a thing! We are definitely returning customers! P.S. The Onion Soup is the Best in Albuquerque!

OT
New Mexico
7 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Very helpful server. Delicious food. The chef created a vegetarian pasta for one of us.

SM
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We consider Zinc our “go to” restaurant. The food is consistently good and always innovative. The service is great. It was a little loud but primarily because we had a big table of kind of noisy folks next to us. I would recommend zinc to any one any time.

D
New Mexico
17 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Special no-cream lobster “bisque” was absolutely amazing. Thick broth had depth of flavor. Lobster won tons on top were crispy and the perfect complement. It should become a winter regular on the menu.

HH
Tucson
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Went on New Year's Eve. They were overwhelmed. Being from a "restaurant family," I could see how things were veering off course. They chose to serve from both a prix fixe and a la carte menu that had numerous overlapping items in every category. The results: confused customers and increasingly frustrated servers in the weeds trying to negotiate with an overwhelmed and confused kitchen. A ribeye that bore a description of being grilled was pan-fried. My desert, included in the prix fixe menu, was never served. I like these guys and their cooking. They have good bartenders. The prix fixe menu was the right idea. But I don't understand their undermining their own good ideas. Kind of Restaurant 101: You cannot be everything to everybody all the time. The servers need to be taught to manage themselves and their reactions to diners on "high stakes," "high volume" nights and not think that showing up for work is as tip-worthy actually working. They should also be advised against indulging in less-than-witty repartee with customers. Their attitude is part of the ambience. Just sayin'....

O
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful experience. We have been celebrating New Years Eve at Zinc for several years as well as other special occasions and we have never been disappointed. Good job!!

E
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, tasty and well-preserved. Good wine list. Service was attentive, without being overbearing. Pricing a little over the top, which means it will not be a frequent choice for us.

SR
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the service was great the food was amazing and the live guitar music a perfect accompaniment to it all.

R
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

I love Zinc, just not pleased that we can't reserve a table for dinner in the Cellar. As long as you plan on having a meal this really should be an option.

OT
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous time at Zinc!! We enjoyed dining on the balcony level, giving my fiancé a great view of the kitchen action. He enjoyed the steak au poivre and I had the fish special. We got the confit duck egg rolls as an appetizer- YUM- and the truffles for dessert. We will absolutely visit Zinc again, next time we’re in Albuquerque!

TB
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My wife and I went to Zinc for a celebration, and the wait staff treated us in a friendly, helpful, and sociable way. The food was great, the atmosphere pleasant and celebratory, and the staff went over and above to make our night out a blast.

KN
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family (including a 6.5 month old) Christmas Eve dinner was wonderful! Great wine list, food, and atmosphere. I look forward to returning soon!

OT
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We had reservations, the restaurant wasn't full, but they still wanted to serve us on the bar top. When we asked for a table, they sat us in an a table closest to the kitchen. At first I thought maybe we were underdressed, but we were better dressed than most of the other guests coming in. Food was ok. $160 for 2 drinks, an appetizer, 2 entrees and a bottle of wine. My salmon was nice, but not great, my husband said that one of his scallops smelled fishy and he later had an upset stomach. For that price point, I think we'd prefer a restaurant like Ruth's Chris where the food is consistently great. Might keep this place on rotation for happy hour.

OW
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and service!!! Not sure why I am obligated to write a review with 50 characters minimum.

CK
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

While the appetizers were great, the main courses were overcooked (we were supposed to have mid-rare entrees) and lacked flavor- I would come back for drinks and appetizers but probably won’t be back for dinner.

s
New Mexico
51 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I frequently ask the server for advice on what to order. Works everytime.

n
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

J
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We shared the fixed price dinner as we were going to the show at Popejoy. Service was excellent. Presentation of food was very nice. And arrived in plenty of time for us to enjoy dining and get to the show on time!

d
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, unique and delicious menu, great ambiance...so many wonderful things to say. Love this place for any occasion...a treasure for ABQ!

WG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Server was well informed, helpful with suggestions and comments. The staff was attentive. The food was presented well and courses spaced. Food was delicious.

SC
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service is great. Save room for dessert, it is always worth it!

GL
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A quiet (so we thought) post-holiday Sunday evening in Albuquerque. There wasn't a large crowd in the dining area so we were seated quickly and attended to with very good service throughout our evening. A large group already in the room partook in very lively conversation and dominated the otherwise peaceful ambiance. (Inside voices please!)

The evening's menu was seasonal yet varied.

We enjoyed our salad starters - (is the Caesar salad pre-made/dressed?)

My companion enjoyed the steak and fries - I had the duck with Brussels sprouts and mashed sweet potatoes. Both entrees were very tasty.

I enjoyed two selections from the "by the glass" wine list - a California Chardonnay and a French burgundy. My companion, a bit of an oenophile decided against wine with dinner - sticking with water.

Overall an enjoyable evening!

b
New Mexico
29 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

love Zinc. the food, the wines the service, the setting. A restaurant with excellent food and wines that takes the time to be sure the wait staff has sampled the offerings, even meeting with the wine distributor so their recommendations are always excellent. There were three of us so three entrees: the swordfish- the special entree - was fine - swordfish served domestically is so often dry, but this was not; the steak frites was terrific, the steak thick and cooked to order, the frites crispy and very good; and the pepper steak as always was extremely flavorful and excellent. We enjoyed the special salads very much and the deserts were as advertised - a sundae and the chocolate mousse torte was especially good - light and delicate. Atmosphere - with the wooden floors and the warmth and comfort of the cooking area - makes Zinc always feel like home.

DS
New Mexico
21 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasant experience

C
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service with knowledgeable server and good selection on menu. They were very welcoming and friendly without being gushy. Just nice people and great dining. Worth a visit!

D
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The tenderloin was a scant end cut with fat. Not at all what I expected based on the last time I ordered it. The table next to us was very loud (screamers for attention laughing at their own jokes, etc.) zinc is not responsible for the latter but the former is not excusable. Big bucks for a crummy meal. Having said that, zinc is one of our favorites and we will dine their again. I just hope this is not a harbinger of a great long downward slide that successful restraunts seem prone to suffer when they forget how they became successful.

r
New Mexico
21 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I don't think that we've ever been disappointed with a meal here and we've probably enjoyed 25 dinners and one brunch. The smoked trout and potato pancake appetizer is reason to come on its own but we do enjoy the entrees, too! Our one criticism is dessert - it just never seems to be at the same level as the rest of the menu and that was true this time, as well.

s
New Mexico
52 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I decided to eat downstairs in the Cellar Bar. It was quiet, subdued lighting and enjoyable. I had the mussels appetizer followed by the Atlantic Sea Scallops. Handmade fresh tuxedo fettuccine, roasted cauliflower and exotic mushrooms tossed with Capesante sauce. YUM!!!! Service was as usual attentive. I finished up by going upstairs and having Bourbon Pecan Pie in a Jar which is a Glass of milk gelato, candied toasted pecans, butterscotch bourbon sauce. Also YUM! And Patrick is my favorite server upstairs. He pays attention to you when you let him know what you're in the mood for. Zinc has been my favorite restaurant since it opened almost 14 years ago!

SC
New Mexico
15 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good!

G
New Mexico
32 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

A nice brunch menu with a good drink selection. This is a favorite place for us!